Thursday Feb 12, 2009

creating a foaf+ssl cert in a few clicks

In a previous blog I showed how to create a foaf+ssl cert manually. I have now put up a simple test server where you can do the same in a few clicks.

The test.foaf-ssl.org/cert service will add a certificate to your browser securely, and create a local acount to which your certificate is pointing. This account will itself point to your Web Id. An account in this scheme is nothing more than an RDF file, such as the ones listed in the certs directory. You can then login in one click, without needing to remember a URL to other foaf+ssl services on the web. There are a few and growing number of prototype implementations listed on the foaf+ssl wiki.

All that remains to be done now is to create more interesting and valuable services using the distributed social networks and foaf+ssl. For some ideas on things to do consult the foaf+ssl Use Cases. The foaf protocols mailing list is a great place to get help on implementations and discuss ideas.

The server is written using Wicket and deployed on a GlassFish Application Server. The code is open source under a BSD licence. Hackers welcome!

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